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Churchgoing in York and Other News

Herewith three news items which have come to hand during the final week of October: Churchgoing in York The churchgoing history of York from 1764 to the present day is recounted, statistically, in part II (chapter 6, pp. 113-56) of … Continue reading

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Some Historical Religious Statistics

Although much of BRIN’s focus, and probably the majority of our reader interest, lies in the area of contemporary British religious statistics, we continue to delve into historical data and will periodically feature them in our posts. Here are three … Continue reading

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Back to Church Sunday, 2011

An extra 77,000 people attended UK places of worship on Back to Church Sunday (25 September) this year, according to a Church of England press release on 25 November 2011, with congregations increasing by nearly a quarter at participating churches … Continue reading

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Methodism’s Triennial Returns

‘Statistics do not provide a complete narrative about the health of the Church. Headline figures must be treated with caution and understood as only limited measures of Church activity. The use of figures in isolation from wider contextual information can … Continue reading

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Gender Balance in the Methodist Ministry

The Free Churches have been pioneers of women’s ministry in this country, as can be seen in the collection of essays This is our Story, edited by Janet Wootton (Epworth Press, 2007). The Methodist Church of Great Britain has been … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Trends in Church Attendance

The recent debate over whether church attendance has reached a plateau, hosted here, at the Church Mouse blog, and The Guardian, has been of great interest. As a religious statistician and consultant, and editor of the seven editions of Religious Trends, I’m taking the opportunity to offer additional interpretation of the data. Continue reading

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Methodist Statistics for Mission Report

The Methodist Church of Great Britain has always been one of the most numerate of the Christian denominations in this country. It began the regular collection and publication of statistics as far back as 1766. In recent decades, while collection … Continue reading

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Christian Research and Churchgoing

Two articles in yesterday’s broadsheet press gave somewhat conflicting assessments of the state of religion in contemporary Britain, in the lead-in to the papal visit to Britain, which starts next Thursday. Writing in The Guardian, Julian Glover portrayed ‘a nation … Continue reading

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Recent Academic Journal Articles

There follow brief reports of three recent articles in academic journals. These are subscription-based, with free access only available to institutional and personal subscribers. A pay-per-view option is also offered via the relevant publisher websites. Journal of Beliefs & Values, … Continue reading

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Missing Generation Research in the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church has announced a twelve-month ‘Missing Generation Research’ project, to be led by Trevor Durston and Liz Clutterbuck. It will focus on Generations X and Y, adults in their twenties and thirties who are largely absent from the … Continue reading

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